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An Index Measuring Adherence to Complementary Feeding Guidelines Has Convergent Validity as a Measure of Infant Diet Quality

Rebecca K Golley, Lisa G Smithers, Murthy N Mittinty, Laima Brazionis, Pauline Emmett, Kate Northstone, Karen Campbell, Sarah A McNaughton, John W Lynch



The complementary feeding period is an important stage of child development. The study aim was to develop an index reflecting the degree of adherence to complementary feeding guidelines, evaluate its convergent validity, and explore associations with socio-demographic factors and dietary pattern scores in childhood. Data were analyzed from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (n = 6065) using parent-completed dietary questionnaires at 6 mo of age, socio-demographic information, and dietary patterns derived by principal component analysis at age 3 y. The Complementary Feeding Utility Index (CFUI) consists of 14 components: breastfeeding duration, feeding to appetite, timing of ..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by UK Medical Research Council

Awarded by Wellcome Trust

Awarded by Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Public Health Postdoctoral Fellowship (478115 to R.K.G.), a NHMRC Australia Fellowship (to J.W.L.), the UK and European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013 to K.N. and P.E.), a Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Fellowship (K.C.), and an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (S.A.M.). The UK Medical Research Council (grant no. 74882), Wellcome Trust (grant no. 076467), and University of Bristol provide core support for Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children.P. Emmett and K. Northstone have in the past received support from Pfizer, Cow & Gate and Plum Baby infant milk and food manufacturers. R. Golley, L. Smithers, M. Mittinty, L. Brazionis, K. Campbell, S. McNaughton, and J. W. Lynch, no conflicts of interest.